DIY Disco: What are the best songs to listen to whilst you DIY?

Published on Dec 07, 2023
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Starting a home improvement project can be a daunting task. Whether it’s a kitchen, conservatory, or bedroom, it can sometimes be difficult to find the motivation to tackle the job, or even keep your focus while you're doing it.

 One of the things that can help inspire you to get started, and keep the distractions limited is music. A good playlist filled with great songs can kickstart that renovation project and can have your house feeling brand new!

 Although our great discounts can plant the seed for your next DIY project, it doesn’t help you get started. That’s why here at Hey Discount, we found the most popular songs people listen to whilst they DIY.

A great home improvement project can often start with a great playlist. That’s why we discovered the most popular songs people listen to whilst doing DIY and decorating. 

 505 - Arctic Monkeys

Top of our list, and therefore the most popular song to DIY to is Arctic Monkeys’ ‘505’. This rock song from the album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, was the most frequently appearing song in DIY-related playlists. A great, fast-paced song to keep you going.

Dark Red - Steve Lacy

This jazzy pop song from 2017 is the first of six songs that sit in joint second place. Steve Lacy’s song appeared four times in playlists related to DIY and decorating.

As It Was - Harry Styles

The newest song in our top selection is ‘As It Was’ by Harry Styles. This March 2022 release was part of the album, ‘Harry’s House’ which has broken records across the world. The pop song's inclusion in DIY playlists shows just how popular it is, which is particularly impressive given how long it has been out.

Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood

Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood is another song in joint second. This modern rock song from 2013 is from the album ‘I Love You.’ and is one of The Neighbourhood’s best songs.

Africa - TOTO

This classic was released 40 years ago, is one of the most iconic songs of the past, and is still widely played today. There are no surprises that people love listening to this song whilst doing DIY.

Highway to Hell - AC/DC

This classic rock song is the second oldest song in our list, released back in 1979. A great upbeat song to keep you working hard.

Rocket Man - Elton John

Continuing our theme of classic rock songs, is this belter from Elton John which is the oldest song in our list.  Another old song which is widely played today, and is a great choice to listen to if you want an upbeat song.

If you’re looking for less variety and more consistency with your music choice, then we’ve got you covered. Here are the most popular artists that people listen to when doing DIY.

1. Mother Mother - 11 Different Songs

This Canadian indie rock band tops our list of artists with 11 different songs appearing within our playlists. Problems, Wrecking Ball, Hayloft II, and Ghosting, are four of the 11 which made an appearance in our searches.

2. Kanye West - 8 Different Songs

There are no surprises that Kanye West has made an appearance within our list, being one of the most popular rappers over the past two decades. POWER, Come to Life, and Flashing lights were three of his eight songs included.

3. Mitski - 8 Different Songs

This Japanese-American singer songwriter ranks joint second in our most popular artists. Eight of her indie-rock songs have been uncovered within our searches, including ‘I Want You’, ‘Nobody’ and ‘Washing Machine Heart’.

4. Olivia Rodrigo - 8 Different Songs

Olivia Rodrigo blew up last year with her debut studio album, Sour. Her popularity is clear to see with eight songs of the 11 released in the album, featured within our searches. Her viral song ‘good 4 u’ was included, along with ‘drivers license’ and ‘happier’

Sometimes it’s a certain sound that you’re craving whilst doing work. So we found out the most popular music genres people listen to whilst doing DIY. We looked at the genres of every song which appeared in our searches to figure out which is the favorite.

1.Rock - 156 songs in playlists

Topping our list is the classic sound of rock music, with 159 of the 590 songs in our data from this genre. Songs from iconic bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen, and Guns N’ Roses make up some of the great songs from this genre. The fast-paced sounds, often led by electric guitars, are a great choice to keep your morale up whilst getting your DIY done.

2.  Pop - 153 songs in playlists

Pop music narrowly misses out on the top spot in our list. The catchy melody is a great way of keeping your focus whilst working, and a great choice if you want to sing along. Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish were the two most popular artists within this genre, based on our searches. 

3.  Indie - 129 songs in playlists

The independent genre takes third place in our list, with Mitski and Mother Mother two of the most popular artists within this genre. A great option for some unique sounds to listen to whilst you focus on your home improvement projects. 


We used the Playlist Miner to find playlists on Spotify related to DIY and decorating. Using this tool, we found the most popular songs within the playlists found. The search terms we used were:

  • ‘Do It Yourself’
  • ‘Decorating’
  • ‘Home Improvement’
  • ‘Home Renovation’
  • ‘Home Project’
  • ‘Renovation’
  • ‘Home DIY’

From this, we were able to figure out the most popular songs by calculating which songs re-occurred the most within the different playlists across the different search terms. We then found the most popular artists by looking at how many different songs under each artist re-occurred. All playlist data was collected on 24.06.2022.


Charlotte Marshall

Lead Editor

Being a full-time content writer and part-time shopaholic, globe-trotter and avid lover of all things food (and wine)...I love researching the best money-saving hacks so that I can help fuel my own passions, and yours!


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